National Liqueur Day Date in the current year: October 16, 2016

National Liqueur Day October 16 is the National Liqueur Day. Liqueurs are alcoholic beverages made from a distilled spirit bottled with added sugar and flavored with herbs, spices, fruit, nuts, cream, or even flowers. Liqueurs should not be confused with flavored liquors, which contain to added sugar or other sweetener.

Liqueurs are considered to be historical descendants of herbal medicines which were made in Medieval Europe. They were usually prepared by monks. For example, Chartreuse was made in France by the Carthusians who intended it to be used as medicine. Nowadays, liqueurs are produced in many countries.

In the U.S. and Canada, where distilled spirits are often called “liquor”, liqueurs are frequently confused with liquors, especially flavored ones such as flavored vodka. The main difference is that liqueurs contain sugar or other sweetener while liquors are not sweetened. Liqueurs are typically sweet and may resemble syrup in consistency. They also may or may not have a lower alcohol content.

Liqueurs can be divided into several groups according to their flavor such as berry, chocolate, coffee, cream, flower, fruit, herbal, honey, nut. However, all liqueurs are blends of several flavors even when they have a primary flavor.

To celebrate the National Liqueur Day, indulge yourself with your favorite liqueur. It can be served by itself, added to coffee, or used in a cocktail.

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